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       Chapter IV: Land Use Policies, Capital City District

Kikuyu — An Example Residential Community

KIKUYU — AN EXAMPLE RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY

The principles and policies recommended for new residential communities are exemplified in the plan for the proposed new community of Kikuyu (Plate 11), which is located south of Itega and west of Imagi, and borders the existing village of the same name. The site has the general shape of a shallow bowl with its upper, or south-west boundary defined by a range of low hills. It slopes gently downwards towards the north-east where it opens up to provide fine views of Mlimwa.

Dry creek and river beds, the largest of which is the Kikuyu River, traverse the site in various directions. These features are defined by the relatively large number of mango and acacia trees, which line their banks. The remainder of the site is sparsely covered with scrub and bush vegetation.

Existing man-made features on the site include a Centre of National Education (Mazengo School), with ancillary residential and sports areas, a number of new two and three storey apartment buildings and a new primary school. There are also some existing houses scattered about the site and the main road to Iringa bisects it from north to south. These features have been incorporated into the design of the new community, with the exception of some mud and wattle houses, and short sections of the Iringa road.

The new Kikuyu community has been designed on the basis of the neighbourhood policies and criteria presented above. The right-of-way for the busway incorporates sections of the Iringa road and bisects the site from north to south. East-west access is provided by a major collector road, which runs from the relocated Iringa Road into the community and loops around the proposed community centre which incorporates the existing National Boarding School. The busway and collector routes divide the site into four approximately equal quadrants, or neighbourhoods, which cover an average of 69.5 hectares each.

Each neighbourhood is served by a minor collector road which leads to the major coilector around the community centre.

Three primary schools are located in each neighbourhood.

The dry creek and river beds have all been incorporated into the open space system and each is bordered by a walkway and a bicycle way. The walkways/bicycle ways and open space systems are designed to interconnect all houses with the primary schools and the community centre.

An interesting feature of the Kikuyu plan is shown at the intersection of the busway and the Kikuyu river. The topography at this point is such that it lends itself to a natural grade separation between the busway, and the pedestrian and bicycle ways which parallel the river, so that these paths cross below the busway.

plate11 Following is a summary of the statistical information related to the plan for Kikuyu. 2.jpg



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